Date: 3rd December 2003

Peter Jackson keen on making The Hobbit

Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson says he would be interested in making a movie of The Hobbit.

LOTR production company New Line Cinema are reportedly in talks to buy the film rights for JRR Tolkien's book.

Jackson said he would be keen to get involved after he finishes remaking King Kong in 2006, reports Teletext.

He said: "New Line haven't actually talked to me about The Hobbit. I know there's difficulty about the rights.

Certainly, if they want to talk to me about it, I'd be keen. It would be wonderful to complete the set of films."

The Hobbit sets the scene for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and tells the story of how Bilbo Baggins came by the ring.

Source: Press Release